Cystic Fibrosis and Sinus Disease

Many patients suffering with cystic fibrosis have a history of sinus disease. A genetic disorder that results in thick, viscous secretions, cystic fibrosis can create chronic sinus disease and nasal polyps. In patients not affected by cystic fibrosis, the mucosa in the sinus region has a natural ability to clear secretions and drain, however, in patient with cystic fibrosis, this ability is hampered, resulting in excessive build-up of sinus secretions, causing infection and inflammation.

Patients may experience headaches, nasal obstruction, sinus pressure, post-nasal drip and dental pain, among other symptoms. Proper sinus irrigations are key to promoting healthy sinus drainage patterns in patients with cystic fibrosis. In many cases, sinus surgery is required to improve sinus drainage and allow sinus irrigations to enter the sinus cavities.

Conservative surgical therapy, if needed, is a cornerstone of sinus management in cystic fibrosis. Patients undergoing numerous surgical procedures can actually develop significant scarring, making their disease worse rather than better. It is important to ensure that your doctor has experience working with cystic fibrosis patients, as they are very unique and require a more cautious approach with long-term follow up.

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At GNO Snoring & Sinus, we have successfully treated many patients with Cystic Fibrosis and believe conservative therapy is the key to a successful outcome.

If you feel you have symptoms similar to those discussed above, feel free to contact us for further assessment and treatment.